The Instigators

Michael Michael Allen, PhD, is the recipient of ASTD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and many other recognitions for his academic and corporate career in teaching, researching, developing, and delivering technology-enhanced, learner-centric, learning experiences. He is the author of seven books that focus on instructional design principles and processes that are practical and effective. He is CEO of Allen Interactions and ZebraZapps.
Julie Julie Dirksen is a consultant and instructional designer with almost 20 years’ experience creating interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to technology startups to grant-funded research initiatives. She loves brains, and games and evidence-based practice. She wrote the book Design For How People Learn and she’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new. You can find her at
clark Clark Quinn, PhD, works with organizations to align their use of technology with how we think, work, and learn.  The author of four books on technology and learning, a well-regarded speaker nationally and internationally, and the first recipient of the eLearning Guild’s Guild Master award, Clark blogs at Learnlets, tweets as @Quinnovator, and works through Quinnovation.
Will Will Thalheimer, PhD, is a consultant and research translator, providing organizations with learning audits, research benchmarking, workshops, and strategic guidance. Will shares his wisdom through keynotes, research reports, job aids, and blog posts. Compiler of the Decisive Dozen, Will blogs at, tweets as @WillWorkLearn, and consults through Work-Learning Research, Inc.